Support for Windows XP ends in two months on April 8, 2014

On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will end support for its decade-old Windows XP operating system. This means that after April 8 there will be no new security updates available through automatic updating for computers that are still running Windows XP.

For more information, see Support is ending soon.

Without critical security updates, your PC may become vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software that can steal or damage your business data and other personal information.

Get more information about upgrading to Windows 7 and Windows 8.

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Eve Blakemore

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  1. Anonymous

    I really liked windows 95 and was very pleased when windows 98 came around… ME and 2000  but not as bad as XP….however after about four years  XP became a good reliable system which I am using on two machines…I have windows 7 one machine and I just bought a new laptop with windows *…..I can not tell you how sorry windows 8 is…it is the saddest excuse for an operating system I have ever seen. I am no expert , just a long time computer user. I thought vista was bad so i spent money and bought 7 installed it and thought I was going to die…but as bad as it was it  was sunshine compared to the dark nightmare of windows 8…. I see no reason why XP has to be orphaned when it could be updated and run forever. Instead we are forced to give up something that works for a failure…I can only assume That the new people at windows do not know how to write a good system and the only way to get anyone to use their  is to take away the good systems. I do not use Internet explorer for the same reason..they took a browser that worked and screwed it up so bad Jesus could not use it.  I will be be an ex windows user soon. I will continue to use xp for office work and at home with my ham radios but I will not go on-line with windows 7 or 8 since I am having them removed from my machines and replaced. I may have to learn a new language but linux does not change every couple of years.  ….I like XP …it took time work out the bugs with it and now it is good..so being good it must go….

  2. Anonymous

    1. which is better for home use, not office use, WINDOWS7 OR WINDOWS8?

    2. is WINDOWS7 & WINDOWS8 offered as a download from the internet &/or as a disk?

    3. after loading WINDOWS7 or WINDOWS8, can i totally erase WINDOWS XP & all its supporting updates in order to free up disc. space?

    4. do i need to save WINDOWS XP for any future reason?

  3. Anonymous

    Shame on you Microsoft. Do you not understand how the many can't afford to update to new operating systems or computers? yall should still be patching and updating 3.11 workgroups. The world is filled with poor people here in America and abroad with people that could afford one used computer with Microsoft operating systems. Microsoft has made plenty of money and will continue to do so, even with supporting your old systems.

  4. Anonymous

    Once again held to ransom by the YANKS!! It will not work – I have moved to linux!!

    The sooner we can migrate away from MICROSOFT the better

    I hope your cars supplier stops servicing your car and supplying parts and forces you to buy a new one

  5. Anonymous

    A great OS thrown on the trash heap thanx M$, you bandit$!

  6. Anonymous

    I love XP. I found that 8.1 just makes desktops into giant smart phones, with the accompanying loss of privacy..

  7. Anonymous

    TOO DARN BAD!!!!  GREATEST MS SOFTWARE DEVELOPED.  I HAVE SEVERAL COMPUTERS THAT HAVE 1. XP  2. VISTA  3. WINDOWS 7 AND WINDOWS 8.1.  I LIKE THE SIMPLICITY OF XP.  I RUN 8.1 ON MY NEW DELL VENUE 8 PRO TABLET AND FIND IT VERY USEFUL.  HAVE PURCHASED A NEW LAPTOP THAT I WILL OPEN UP AND USE IN MARCH WITH 8.1.   BUT VERY SAD THAT MY DELL INSPIRION 17" LAPTOP OF SOME 8 YEARS AGO WITH XP THAT I PAID MAYBE $1500 FOR WILL BE DEEMED TO BE MOTHBALLED.  AND IT WORKS JUST FINE.  I AWAIT WHEN WINDOWS 9 OR 10 OR ? COMES OUT WITH BOTH A WINDOWS AND ANDROID SYSTEM ON THE SAME COMPUTER.  8.1 IS CLOSE BUT NOT QUITE THERE YET.  NOT MANY APPS FOR 8.1  MY INPUT.  THANKS FOR LETTING MY COMMENT FOR A VERY SAD ENDING FOR XP.

  8. Anonymous

    I don't think that my older computer can run Windows 7.

  9. Anonymous

    Unfortunately due to Microsofts INABILITY to actually create a better stable business operating system many, many business's have chosen wisely to stay with XP as a known quantity when in their opinion the direction Microsoft has chosen for its operating systems has continually let them down.

    Windows 8 is a perfect example of a huge dud for those in business. It may be fine for consumers and yuppies.

    THEY ARE NOT THE MAJOR PURCHASERS OF SOFTWARE, BUSINESS & GOVERNMENTS ARE.

    Its just that XP has been the most trusted operating system business has seen.

    By killing XP what choice do these business's now have when Microsoft stop support? Windows 8.1, NOT LIKELY!

  10. Anonymous

    Looks like excellent time to switch to APPLE. I can't believe MS would abandon this many users. Do you knotheads realize there are many many users that can't afford new computers. They are struggling to find food to eat and a place to sleep that is out of the rain and snow.

  11. Anonymous

    Thanks for dragging Us out into deep water, then leaving Us to drown.

  12. Anonymous

    im April,, do we have to buy an new computer ???  we use this only for  emails and searching the web  free cell,, word perfect,,,  we ae novices here,,,

  13. Anonymous

    When you stop support of XP, I'm switching to Apple. I'm in the process already. We have 4 computers. I've always used MS. I'm not taking the time to totally relearn another MSFT system. Thank you.

  14. Anonymous

    This operating system is likely the best that microsoft ever produced and is still used by hundreds of thousands individuals and businesses. It is irresponsible of microsoft to stop providing security updates as the great majority will not go to another windows but likely jump ship to apple as they don't get rid of their operating ystems and simply keep updating them

  15. Anonymous

    Any chance of SP4 release to cover all updates for XP?

  16. Anonymous

    What a shame! XP is far superior to Windows 8 as far as usability and is more user friendly than is Windows 7 – I have them all. Microsoft could continue supporting XP and should, if for no other reason than to keep the Internet more secure. But it is all about the money, even though the latest OS's have gone downhill, in my opinion.

  17. Anonymous

    It is so sad Microsoft is abandoning support of the Windows XP operating system. There are thousands of longtime Windows XP users.  I tried Windows 7 and 8, and found them both to be very slow, and cumbersome.  I will forever remain a happy Windows XP user.  If something corrupts my Windows XP environment, then I will switch to an Apple computer, where customer support appears to be a lasting, forever thing.

  18. Anonymous

    I have an older computer running xp that I cannot upgrade to windows 7. By stopping the updates for xp, my otherwise properly running computer will be rendered useless.

  19. Anonymous

    I appreciate the support using Windows XP.    If Windows 7 or 8  were  as good as XP, I would have changed

    by now.  We need a great operating system even better than XP.

  20. Anonymous

    I have been told that most ATM machines, in India  at least, still run on XP. Is it a responsible act to drop support of an operating system that must have made you a huge sum of money over the years?

  21. Anonymous

    everyones new "surface" (I own.) no longer have the rj-45 wire connection,i rather have hard wire i think usb may fit, just got it. are they tv atachable. i`ll bing it thanx,bing it on.

  22. Anonymous

    Win XP is just the best ever built OS from Microsoft.

  23. Anonymous

    that is not fair . i running xp and windows 8 i'm a senior i cannot  afford to upgrade to another

    and do not need to have virus. able to take over my computer

    because stopped updates for us.

    we use the computer all the time,  

    i have had some trying to take over even ones telling me they are from microsoft  tech on the phone

    please leave upgrades in for us poor old folks  thanks in advance

    wed feb 12 .2014

  24. Anonymous

    How about helping us.

    You say to upgrade, with things as tight as they are even for a family, or even a business, there is very little extra money, the price of an upgrade is full price.

    How about say 3/4 of the full price if you are running a registered version of windows.

  25. Anonymous

    Shame!  I have computers with XP, Win7 and Win8.  XP is by far the best for someone who has just a faint clue as to how to use a computer, especially regarding filing – the principles for which have been known at least since Babylonian times.

  26. Anonymous

    The Windows XP has any problem with Updates as follow:

    Security Update for Windows XP (KB2914368)

    Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 on XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Server 2008 x86 (KB2901110)

    Security Update for Windows XP (KB2909210)

    Security Update for Windows XP (KB2916036)

    Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP (KB2909921)

    Above updates installation failed!!!!! Before April 8,2014 I need your patches to fix it. I use only Windows Security Essentials. Thanks

  27. Anonymous

    I am 61 years old and have used XP for many years I can not pay for an upgrade, why are you forcing old peple to pay money they can not afford to keep using their computer

  28. Anonymous

    I like Windows XP, far more than Windows 7 or 8. Too many complaints about those. Why end support for a Better Windows. very disapointed.

  29. Anonymous

    So, what should we do?   Is a strong anti-virus program sufficiant to safeguard our computers?  

    Will Microsoft Security Essentials be updated  as usual and it this enough to protect our computers?

  30. Anonymous

    I'm very sad. Please, my dear XP, don't leave me. I don't want to become vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software….

    Guess what? I will have to ask to Mr Ubuntu if he can help. Will my old computer agree?

    I promise to buy a brand new computer running W8 as soon as possible!

    Pat.

  31. Anonymous

    For us who have used windows since 3.1, XP provided us with the Classic option. I suggest that that option should be provided to Windows 9 as in XP.

  32. Anonymous

    I just bet, Microsoft won't "pull-the-plug" on XP. Win7 is like '95 (a waste of time), Win8 is geared towards laptops and notebooks. Should we wait for the next big rip-off, being a NEW version of Windows?  I think not. The public will 'demand' that XP in all its variations live on…

  33. Anonymous

    Get more information about upgrading to Windows 7 an

    The link aboev in de text is not going to 'upgrading to windows 7'.

  34. Anonymous

    Bearing in mind nearly 30% of users are still using Windows XP, the ending of security updates in April is highly irresponsible.

  35. Anonymous

    I am a senior citizen 78 yrs old. I have had Windows XP all the time I have used a coputer. What should I do/ Please  Help Me. Windoews is the only thing I trust.

  36. Anonymous

    thanks for this information I have being expectation this for long. Well I think at this moment we should change or quit using the window xp.

    thanks.

  37. Anonymous

    the best way to solve the window XP  problem is to buy a  iMAC FROM APPLE

  38. Anonymous

    No more support for Windows XP…thanks. Just like Obamacare.

  39. Anonymous

    what a lot of whingers as a 71 year old I couldn't be happier than I am now using 8.1 , get over it and learn how to use 8.1

  40. Anonymous

    This is VERY IRRESPONSIBLE, UNETHICAL, UNPROFESSIONAL, and frankly, COLD-HEARTED.  I am a 67-yr old single MOM, raising & homeschooling my 10-yr. old child and cannot afford to buy a new computer.  Yrs. ago I bought a very expensive ($1,200) Sony Vaio laptop w/ XP.  Everyone I talk to w/ Win7 or 8 has not been happy w/ them.  Before I bought my Sony, I was an APPLE user & VERY HAPPY.  The only problem at that time was that my employer's software did not work on Apple.  Nowadays, software is written to be compatible w/ both PC & MAC users.  So Microsoft,  if you do not RECONSIDER saving XP & still choose to ABANDON your LOYAL users, I, like many others, WILL BE SWITCHING TO APPLE b/c I will NEVER be able to TRUST you again.

  41. Anonymous

    They dragged me out into deep water and let me to drown.  The only choice I have now is to jump on any thing around like Mac, starting from a garage sale to raise fund.  I will try to think like XP or what ever.. never existed.  Bye.

  42. Anonymous

    I basically agree, Your destruction ox xp has o

    something like king of Scotland, university teaching financial theft, Hitlerism remodeling glider-pilot planes, and numerous other bad bad moves, I could go on but blind geniuses cannot see

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